How do I know which association to sign my son or daughter up with?
LBYFA uses the same districts zones that correspond with the high schools in our zone. We are zoned for Lake Brantley High School. To play for our association, you must live in the areas zoned for LBHS. There are a few high school districts which do not have Pop Warner programs in them which are considered ‘Open’ areas. For more information on which Mid-Florida Pop Warner programs are associated with which schools, please feel free to contact us.
When is registration?
At this time, Registration should begin in March for the Fall season. Registration will run until rosters fill up or until the deadline for ordering equipment. Should a team become full, we will notify you of a waiting list.
What documentation do I need to register my child?
To register with any Pop Warner program you will need the following documentation:
- Birth certificate.
- 2017 Pop Warner Participant Contract
- Copy of the child’s final 2016 – 2017 report card.
- 2017 Pop Warner Physical Fitness & Medical History form
In addition to the National Pop Warner forms, LBYFA requires the following:
- LBYFA Code of Conduct
- LBYFA Picture Waiver
- LBYFA Player/Cheer Contract
- LBYFA Volunteer Form
Does LBYFA coordinate the physicals?
No. Parents are responsible for getting their children’s physicals scheduled with the doctor of their choice. Participants must complete a 2017 Pop Warner Physical Fitness and Medical History form which must also be signed or stamped by a doctor on or after January 1st, 2017.
If my child doesn’t like it can I get my money back?
$50 of the Registration fee is non-refundable. Participants may request a refund (less $50) prior to May 31st , after May 31st , refunds will not be granted. Equipment, supplies, and Insurance premiums/payments are all based upon registration totals.
What to expect after you register:
- You will be contacted by your teams coach
- Grid Iron Day is in May, and attendance is encouraged
- There will be a team meeting with your required attendance, date TBD
- Equipment fittings/pick up will be in July, date TBD
- Practice will begin August 1st.
When does the season start?
Our practices will begin on August 1st in shorts and helmets for the first week. Practices will run 5 days/week for the first few weeks. After that, football practices are normally Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, but we reserve the right to hold practices on other day, depending upon weather or holidays. Cheer practices are based upon gym availability and are TBD. The first practice game of the season and the first regular game schedule has not yet been determined; please check our webpage or with your team mom for updates.
Where do we practice?
Our practice fields are on the Lake Brantley South Fields, across the street from LBHS off of Sand Lake Road, behind the softball fields. Cheer squads will also practice at off-site indoor gyms. Locations vary based upon availability.
How many games are there in a season?
There are 8 regular season games, a jamboree or pre-season game prior to opening week and playoff games if the teams qualify. There are also bowl games and tournaments at the end of the season that some teams participate in. All games are held on Saturdays with a few rare exceptions.
What is the cutoff date for determining the age of my child?
Your child’s age as of July 31st is what is used to determine placement, age wise.
How do I know what division my child will play or cheer for?
Team assignments are determined by age first and weight second. For football players 11 years and older there is a designation called ‘Older/Lighter’ where he/she can play one age level down from normal if his/her weight is at least 20 pounds lower than the established weight limit. A participant’s age is determined on how old he/she is on July 31st. There are no weigh-ins or weight limits for cheerleaders. Pursuant to Pop Warner rules, ultimate roster placement is determined by the Athletic Director, Vice President of Football Operations and Vice President of Cheer Operations.
What happens if my son is too heavy for his age group?
It is not uncommon each season for a few boys to play one weight class above what is normal for their age. Players may be moved up or down one level within the weight requirements at the association’s sole discretion.
How long and frequent are the practices?
The first week of practice is reserved for conditioning. No contact is permitted during the conditioning week and this time is used to exercise and begin evaluations on the kids. From the end of conditioning until Labor Day teams can practice in pads for 10 hours per week. After Labor Day teams are allowed to practice 6 hours per week. Cheerleading practices typically average the same hours per week as football.
Can I be a football or cheer coach or other volunteer?
Each association is responsible for the hiring and management of football and cheerleading coaches. Please contact us if you are interested in coaching. To volunteer at you must submit a completed Pop Warner Volunteer Application or email email@example.com, pass a background check, and complete any required Training Classes.
What is the minimum age for becoming a head coach?
The minimum age for football and cheerleading head coaches is 21. Assistant coaches must be at least 16 years of age. All coaches must pass a Pop Warner certification class at least every three years. Assistants for cheer must be 18; junior coaches must be 15.
How many players are there per team?
Pop Warner rules mandate that no team may have more than 35 players (except Tiny Mites which can have no greater than 28) and no less than 17 on an active roster. Cheerleading teams cannot have more than 35 per team. LBYFA reserves the right to adjust the maximum numbers at their sole discretion.
What equipment does my son get and what do I have to purchase (FOOTBALL)?
For the football players, LBYFA will supply a NOCSAE certified helmet and shoulder pads, away and home jerseys, game pants, and a practice jersey. Each child is required to provide mouthpieces, chin straps, cleats, practice pants, socks, and girdles/pant pads, and a water jug for practices.
Is the emphasis on winning?
As Pop Warner is a scholastic organization first the emphasis is on academics. On the football field the emphasis is on hard work, discipline, team work and commitment with the understanding that winning is a by-product of those attributes.
What type of assistance can I provide if I’m not a coach?
Team Parents are highly encouraged to assist the head coaches in the management of supplies, communication and most importantly, paper work. Team Parents are essentially the ‘back office’ administrators of each team and are essential to successful seasons. If you are interested in becoming a Team Parent, please contact us. Please note that these positions require a substantial time and energy commitment. Make sure that you can commit to being at most practices and all games if you are serious about volunteering for these duties. Volunteers are always needed to work in the concession stands, work in the press box, the chain crews and minimum play counters.
Does my child’s scholastic performance affect his ability to play?
Absolutely. Pop Warner is first and foremost an academic institution built on advancing young men and women through football. Pop Warner closely monitors the academic performance of all its participants and for those who fall too far behind they will be required to provide a bi-weekly progress report signed by their school administrators in order to play each week. For exceptional students, there are scholarships available to those who qualify and recognition at MFPW’s annual scholastics banquet held in late January. Each association has a designated Scholastic Coordinator whose responsibility it is to monitor and report on the academic progress of all participants.
How far are the away games?
The Mid-Florida Pop Warner conference includes teams from Lake, Orange, Polk and Osceola Counties. You can expect to travel to any city in these counties for away games. For teams that make the playoffs regional games can be as far as Jacksonville, Daytona, Miami and Tampa.
Are the games properly officiated?
Yes. Referees from the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) oversee all games. These are the same officials who do the high school football games.
Are the rules different between weight classes?
For the most part the general rules of football apply to all age divisions. Mid-Florida Pop Warner adheres to the same rule book that governs state of Florida high school play which is the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The youngest weight class (Tiny-Mites) is a purely instructional level and teams play in 25 minute halves with a running clock. Two coaches are on the field at all times and can directly instruct players before, during and after plays. All players dressed to play are required to participate a minimum amount of plays depending on the roster size. Teams from the Mitey-Mite to Varsity (oldest) levels play 10 minute quarters and also adhere to minimum play rules.
If I don’t have a son that is playing in the program can I have a daughter that cheerleads?
Absolutely! Mid-Florida Pop Warner and LBYFA has one of the strongest performing cheerleading leagues in the United States. Cheerleading is an integral part of successful football and is a great way for the girls to exercise, compete and socialize.
Is there a competition for cheerleaders?
Yes, in October all cheerleaders from Mid-Florida Pop Warner will participate in either an Exhibition event or compete in the annual MFPW cheerleading competition (depending on squad) where winning squads can qualify to compete in regional and even national competitions.
Are the backgrounds of your coaches checked?
Yes. Any volunteer, whether a coach, board member must pass a criminal background check each year.
What separates Lake Brantley Pop Warner from other youth football leagues?
LBYFA takes great pride in maintaining a highly organized management structure to coordinate a collection of 31 associations within MFPW, with 6 teams each, in five Central Florida counties. The MFPW league feeds into the Southeast region of Pop Warner which is an organization of national presence. We are one of the largest leagues within Pop Warner in the United States and have a rich history of quality football and cheerleading in Central Florida for over 35 years, but our emphasis includes academics as well as football and cheerleading. All competitive teams can qualify for the Pop Warner Super Bowl which is held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports each December where teams from all fifty states come to our backyard to participate in this spectacular event which is also broadcast on ESPN. Pop Warner is arguably the most recognized and respected of all national youth sports programs in the United States.
If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact us.